Avionics Report

November 2014 Issue

Cheap Flight Timers: No Frills Functionality

Inexpensive kitchen timers have long held a place in our flight bags. At around 12 bucks, the TDM TM30 offers the most utility for basic cockpit use.

Given today’s avionics and RNAV approaches, do you really need a timer? Truth is, many of the devices in our panels and on our portable gadgets already have a timer built in. Using that timer, however, can be a challenge as the sequence of commands to access it in the Garmin G1000, for instance, might not be something you’re going to always remember or find sufficiently convenient. So, we think a dedicated, standalone timer is still useful. Sure, you could use the timer function in your smartphone, on the Pebble Smart watch or the one in Garmin’s D2 pilot watch, but we think timers are best placed within the instrument scan.

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